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cravens' attorney mary ellen attridge has a reputation. she's aggressive and she doesn't care who knows it. frankly, she said, prosecutor roach was just the sort she'd love to beat. but defending seth cravens, reputed town bully, that would not be an easy thing to do. >> so this was a perfect storm of bad facts. the drinking of all parties, the fighting, the location of the blow and then the hit on the back of the head. >> reporter: what defense attorney attridge needed to do was make the jury believe a whole new story of what led to all those undeniable bad facts. >> everybody wants to see every participant in black and white terms. they want the defendant to be demonized and they want the victim to be canonized. and very rarely are either of those things applicable. >> reporter: and as attridge knew, emery was no saint. he'd been arrested in 2004 for assault on another surfer, the year before for throwing a bottle at a man, and more recently, he had had a dui. in fact, the night he encountered the bird rock bandits, he was still on probation. attridge considered an attempt to get emery's
: but this one was, shall we say, uncommonly passionate. her name is mary ellen attridge, seth craven's defense attorney. >> i thought it was something that i could creatively dismantle. >> reporter: as far as the gang idea was concerned, that was ludicrous, as far as you're concerned? >> yes, it was not only ludicrous but it was scary. they spent enormous amounts of hours and taxpayer dollars to label this group a gang when in fact they were just a bunch of post adolescents from a neighborhood. it wasn't exactly like we were dealing with la cosa nostra. and it was at once most laughable and frightening. >> reporter: when investigators took the stand, they all faced the same questioning from ms. attridge. >> did you ever hear of the bird rock bandits? >> no, i never heard that name until today, i believe.kl.ñ >> so you never saw any graffiti that reflected bird rock bandits, to your knowledge? >> not to my knowledge. >> reporter: her point was this, if the bird rock bandits were a gang, had been one for years, how come nobody in law enforcement knew about them? the defense noted other contradi
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